Welcome friends and newcomers! I'm excited to be participating in this terrific Alfresco Tablescape blog hop hosted by Chloe at Celebrate & Decorate. You will find lots of inspiration on how to set a table outdoors to enjoy the remaining days of summer. Be sure to check out the links to the other participating blogs at the end of my post.
My alfresco (meaning: in the open air) tablescape was set up out here in what we call our cabana.
We like to dine out here quite often during the warm weather months.
I was happy the sun chose to shine for a bit as we've had our share of rain this summer.
By using navy, orange and white, I was able to add some bold colour to the table.
And with the addition of some seaside elements, the table took on a nautical look.
The centerpiece began with this square white lantern.
I placed a white starfish beside it...
...and filled the lantern with seashell ball ornaments and faux sea grasses.
One of these coral coloured shell type vases was placed on each end of the table.
I got both of these many years ago at HomeSense.
White rope was tied around these glass candleholders.
The rope and the sand add to the nautical theme.
Sea urchin type candleholders were set at each place setting.
I folded the napkins into a sail and set them in these appetizer dishes that are shaped like little boats (dishes were a gift years ago).
(Tutorial on napkin fold found at Between Naps on the Porch)
A couple of shells and a placecard that I made on the computer, complete the look.
I am pleased to say that I didn't buy a single new item for this tablescape but shopped the house instead.
The cobalt blue bowls are from the Dollar Store many years back. They top an array of white and orange plates and charger on an orange placemat.
The stemware colours coordinate with the tablescape as well.
My outdoor dining chairs have striped cushions so I put white pillow cases and orange napkins over them so they coordinate with the table.
Sunny summer days were made for alfresco dining...
...but of course you have to be prepared for all kinds of weather...
...but we didn't mind as we were under cover and with the candles and outdoor lighting, it was very cozy.
Mr. D cooked up one of his delicious seafood meals and we invited another couple over for what turned out to be dinner in the alfresco rain!
After all, alfresco doesn't just mean in the sunshine!
Though I definitely prefer it!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my alfresco dining in the cabana tablescape. You won't want to miss any of the other incredible outdoor tablescapes in this blog hop so be sure to stop by the other blogs linked below. Special thanks to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for hosting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Art & Sand
Thursday Favorite Things at Surroundings by Debi
Thoughts of Home Thursday at Décor to Adore
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection